Where there’s smoke, there is no kayaking. Ugh.
In case you haven’t heard, there is a huge fire roaring on the edge of Yosemite in California aptly named The Rim Fire. Normally, a fire more than 100 miles away wouldn’t be that big of a deal. This is no ordinary fire. Currently, it has burned more than 250 square miles and all of that smoke is landing on Northern Nevada. It is so gross that there are major health advisories to stay indoors and, seriously, it is hard to breath. We are talking worse than Beijing air quality here, people!
So, that means I did not go kayaking last weekend and I will probably not go this weekend. And, ultimately, that is killing my summer goal of making it around Lake Tahoe via kayak. The weather and the water are cold. That’s not good for kayaking, either. Well, not when you don’t really have cold weather gear. My kayak buddy isn’t that into cold weather kayaking either. This is turning into a big bummer.
Let me show you how bad the smoke is. This is a comparison from my backyard:
And, here’s the sunrise:
And, for good measure, here is a shot taken by someone on a flight to Los Angeles. Those NASA people can even see the fire from the International Space Station:
Another one from the local newspaper, this is just how smoke-gross it is in downtown Reno. Photo by Marilyn Newton, RGJ.com: